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The theme for our latest independent research project is “ILY.’s New Office”.

About our independent research
With our independent research, ILY. Lab aims to solve a range of issues through design. Our independent research is separate from the work we do for clients. Members of the ILY. team organize these projects themselves. Team members select an issue, discuss it, create a solution using design, and then share that solution with everyone.

To create the new office design, we started with some brainstorming, settled on a concept for the office, and created a design based on this concept. Have a look at what we came up with.

Step 1: Think about your ideal work style


Designing an office is, essentially, designing a work style.Firstly, our team members discuss their ideal work style among themselves.

The ILY. team’s conditions for a good work style:

  • Balance between concentration-intensive work and free brainstorming
  • Ability to freely choose a workspace
  • Ability to leave work strewn about when leaving the office for the day
  • Occasional parties
  • etc.

It was clear that flexibility was a big part of the ILY. team’s ideal work style.

Step 2: Think about what you want


Think about what you want in the office. There is no limit to imagination, so think of as many ideas as possible. We believe that if it’s something that everyone wants, or something that shows what we at ILY. stand for, it’s worth having in the office.

Step 3: Give the space a message


Let’s apply our ideas to the office space. We divide the ideas between the categories “ideal work style” and “things we want”, coming up with a concept and then applying it to the space. Simple sketches and Lego blocks can help with this.

Once you’ve organized your ideas, you can give a clear message to the space, which in turn affects the people who use it.

Office Design A


In Office Design A, the space is divided based on the question of “How?:How is the work going to be done?”. This design maximizes work efficiency by allowing the space design to be changed according to the means by which a task is to be done. For example, you could have a highly organized space for designing, and a free space for meetings.

The design also includes “variable boxes” on both sides of the office.


These variable boxes, too, were inspired by the question of “How?”. The boxes can be used for concentration-intensive design work, breaks, or display. At any time, the contents of the space can be changed based on the question of “How?”.

Office Design B


In Office Design B, the space is divided based on the question of “What?:What kind of project are you working on?”. This design encourages focus by allowing the space design to be changed depending on the current project.

Design B includes various project spaces for the different projects that ILY. is working on at any given time. Spaces are movable and can be separated by whiteboards, so when projects change, the office space changes too. By bringing in tatami mats and desks of various shapes, or posters, teams can create a space perfectly suited to the project.

Let’s visit the ILY. office!

What did you think? Using this process, we came up with two designs for a new ILY. office. To do good work, you need a good workspace.

Did you notice that both Design A and Design B have large kitchens? Our office has everything we need for a party. We hope to see you there!

Office Design